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Longest rail tunnels around the world

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With the June 1st opening of the world's longest tunnel, the Gotthard Base Tunnel in Switzerland, let's take a look at the longest tunnels around the world.

Gotthard Base Tunnel

© Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images Length: 35.5 miles (57.5 km)
Deepest point: 1.42 miles (2.3 km)
From: Erstfeld, Switzerland
To: Bodio, Switzerland
Tunnel Type: Railway tunnel
Work begun: 1996
Date opened: June 1, 2016
Estimated cost: $12 billion

Seikan tunnel

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Length: 33.5 miles (53.9 km)
Deepest point: 790 ft (240 m)
From: Aomori Prefecture, Japan
To: Hokkaido, Japan
Tunnel Type: Railway tunnel
Work begun: 1971
Date opened: March 13, 1988
Estimated cost: $3.6 billion

Eurotunnel

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Length: 31.4 miles (50.5 km)
Deepest point: 250 ft (75 m)
From: Folkestone, Kent, UK 
To: Coquelles, Pas-de-Calais, France
Tunnel Type: Railway tunnel
Work begun: 1988
Date opened: Nov. 14, 1994
Estimated cost: $6.72 billion

Lötschberg Base Tunnel

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Length: 21 miles (34.6 km)
Deepest point: Not available
From: Frutigen, Berne, Switzerland
To: Raron, Valais, Switzerland
Tunnel Type: Railway tunnel
Work begun: 1999
Date opened: June 15, 2007
Estimated cost: $3.5 billion

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